I am flexible, friendly and use professional teaching skills to help you.
I am originally from the UK and have just moved to the USA. I have taught high school physics for over three years, including at the prestigious Gordounstoun School in Elgin, Scotland. I also have experience in personal tutoring. I possess a master's degree in physics with astronomy, and a PhD in astrophysics. I can help with physics up to undergraduate level and astrophysics up to graduate level.
There are two real issues I find students have:
1. They understand the material, but can't get problems and answers right, they just need some solid technique improvement and some coaching into good practices. 2. They don't understand the topic and need to understand it better so as to help solve the problems in front of them (If you are the second type and crack it, you may still have the number 1 problem, but that is OK!).
For the second type of issue, I am very patient and enjoy determining exactly what the problem is with your understanding, so that I can help you fully understand the topics being covered, rather than just going over stuff again and showing you how to answer problems. I want you to feel confident in your understanding, so that when I'm not there, you'll know how to answer those test questions alone!
To do this, I often use analogies which use concepts and ideas already familiar to the learner in order to achieve the goal I set out above. I also encourage you to ask as many questions as possible, no matter how silly, so that you can get your own head around the problem. I then find it useful to ask questions to test your understanding, or perhaps get you to explain the concept to someone else.
I also teach solid, repeatable methods for solving problems in physics, which sorts out the first type of issue I described above. This can take a bit of getting used to and some practice but the outcome means you don't make silly mistakes or get problems completely wrong! Good math work is essential for good physics.
I hope this helps you to decide if I am the right kind of tutor for you.
Good luck with the studying!
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